Moving is known to be one of the most chaotic and stressful events you can go through. Studies show up to 25% of people move each year. If this year it’s on your agenda, read on for tips on minimizing the anxiety related to a move.
1. Build your master move checklist
There will be a multitude of things to do whether you are moving around the corner or across the globe. If you try to keep everything in your head you can become quickly overwhelmed.
Build a binder or electronic folder to keep all your moving information together. Create sections for the move calendar, the master checklist, contacts for moving services and contractors, and related documents.
2. Determine where you need help
Assess your checklist and identify all the things that you have time, strength, energy and know-how to accomplish. Mark the items for which you will need to enlist help.
A lot of time and energy goes into a move. If you have ample time and physical strength, you may be able to accomplish most things on your own. If however, you have little free time or if you require specialized services, such as those for moving pianos or grandfather clocks, it will be important to hire help.
3. Decide your budget
Moving is not only stressful, it can be expensive. Plan in advance to make sure you aren’t caught with rush fees close to the move.
Identify and obtain quotes for key services which may include:
- Preparing for a Move – de-cluttering
- Moving Items
- Move Management
4. Plan your move schedule
Most people I’ve worked with carry a lot of the to-do’s in their heads and fear missing a deadline. Keep appointments and deadlines straight by noting them on a calendar. Work backwards from your move date to ensure you have time to complete everything.
Remember to allow some extra time for things that take longer than you estimate. For packing belongings, a good rule of thumb is to allow a week for every room. It’s a good time to edit your items too, so you’re not packing and moving things you no longer need.
Work with your checklist to ensure every item has a date beside it. Tick the item off when it’s completed. Not only will you keep the project organized, you’ll create a sense of accomplishment – a nice thing to have when it feels like there is still much to do.
5. Prepare yourself physically, mentally and emotionally
As someone who has moved about 20 times, I know that advance planning really does help. Even with the best of plans however, moving remains stressful. Moving day will be busy because there’s no way to avoid so much needing to happen at one time.
We know it demands a lot of physical strength. What some are surprised by is the emotional strength required to let go of a home, a place that you’ve invested your time and energy creating memories. Prepare yourself for this by photographing or videotaping your home as it is before you begin packing.
Now for some practical advice. Sleep well the night before. Keep hydrated and have snacks on hand to get you through the day. Wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing to keep you safe and well.
Good luck with the move!